It certainly wasn’t pretty but the U.S. Men’s National Team kicked off the 2015 Gold Cup with a vital 3 points. The U.S. faced off against Honduras in Frisco, Texas in each teams tournament opener.
Honduras started the better of the two sides with Anthony Lozano getting through the U.S. defense and forcing Brad Guzan into a good save just 3 minutes into the match. Honduras looked more dangerous than the U.S. in the first 15-20 minutes. The U.S. got a little bit of a spark in the 25th minute after Clint Dempsey headed home a rebound and the U.S. took the lead. Jurgen Klinsmann’s side seemed to gained some energy and momentum after snatching that goal but they remained quite sloppy and wasteful in possession.
The second half started with the same frenetic pace but the U.S continued to be lackluster in possession but in the 65th minute doubled their lead. On his 100th appearance, Captain Michael Bradley played a sublime cross off a free kick to find a wide-open Dempsey who headed the ball into the back of the net. Their insurance goal, however, was short lived. Carlos Discua sliced through the U.S. defense and got past Ventura Alvarado at the top of the box and then slotted the ball home to the near post. Subsequently, Honduras continued to push forward looking to find an equalizer and actually had 2-3 quality chances. The American defense looked a bit shaky on a few occasions but the United States managed to hold on. The USA is now in control of Group A with three points, while Haiti and Panama have one each. The U.S. didn’t play their best but they found a way to get 3 points to kick off the Gold Cup. The United States plays Haiti on Friday.
Player Ratings: Guzan – 7.5; Chandler 4.5, Alvarado 5, Brooks 8, Johnson 6; Yedlin 5, Beckerman 6, Bradley 6.5, Zardes 7; Dempsey 8, Altidore 5.5
Subs: Wondolowski 6, Evans 6.5, Zusi 6